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Bookoccino

Nestled in the beautiful seaside village of Avalon, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Bookoccino strives to celebrate the literary life by honouring the rich traditions of the world’s greatest salons. Reading, conversation and the vibrant exchange of ideas rest perfectly alongside excellent coffee, quality food and fine wines. Our live events attract some of the brightest local and international intellects, for stimulating discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Buy Two and Save - Tickets to both Paul Ham and David Sanger

Saturday 3 August 2024
Two sensational events at a fantastic price. Paul Ham is a celebrated historian of conflict and the ideas that people are willing to live and die for. Born in Australia and living now in Paris, he is the author of 12 books including Kokoda, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Young Hitler and 1914. Now, joined in conversation by his dear friend Richard Fidler, he delves into his deepest territory yet with The Soul: A History of the Human Mind. Saturday 3rd August, 4-6pm Avalon Surf Club Pulitzer Prize winning White House and National Security correspondent for The New York Times, David Sanger, is coming to Bookoccino to talk about his new book, New Cold Wars: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend The West. Tuesday 6th August, 6-8pm Avalon Surf Club
Avalon Surf Club
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Paul Ham discusses 'The Soul' with Richard Fidler

Saturday 3 August 2024
Join us for a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion on history, humanity and The Soul. 'The Soul' is a history of the human mind, from the earliest expression of self-consciousness to its unshakeable belief in the great religions and political systems. Almost everyone thinks they have one, but nobody knows what it is. It could be saved, condemned, tortured, bought. And then, mysteriously, the 'soul' disappeared. The Enlightenment called it the 'mind'. In 'The Soul - A History of the Human Mind' critically acclaimed historian Paul Ham embarks on a journey that has never been attempted - to restore the idea of the soul to the human story and to show how belief in, and beliefs arising from, the soul/mind have animated and driven the history of humankind.
Avalon Surf Life Saving Club
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New Cold Wars: David Sanger in conversation with Jane Perlez

Tuesday 6 August 2024
Pulitzer Prize winning White House and National Security correspondent for The New York Times, David Sanger, is coming to Bookoccino to talk about his new book, New Cold Wars: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend The West. “Painstakingly researched . . .a must-read,” says The Guardian. Sanger has covered Washington politics, economics and national security during seven presidents: Reagan; Bush; Clinton; Bush: Obama; Trump, Biden. Who does he think will be next, and what will the victory of either man mean for Australia? He will be in conversation with Jane Perlez, another Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter — they were in the Washington bureau together for several years. She was the New York Times bureau chief in China from 2012-2019, and is host of the podcast Face-Off: U.S. vs China.
Avalon Surf Life Saving Club
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The Cacao Community

Between Tuesday 9 July 2024 and Tuesday 10 December 2024
Join us for ceremonial cacao and a mindful celebration of life and community. Led by Sontaan Hopson we meet once a month on a Tuesday evening to enjoy this sacred drink and set intentions for the month ahead.
Bookoccino
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Trivia Fridays

Between Friday 12 July 2024 and Friday 27 September 2024
Join us for great music, good vibes and generous prizes at Trivia Fridays. An evening of live music and fun with friends. Once per month until we've had enough... or summer comes back. We will have 7 table with 6 people each.
Bookoccino
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The Forest Wars

Saturday 24 August 2024
"We're in the middle of an extinction crisis, an environmental crisis and a climate crisis. We are responsible for 35 per cent of all mammal extinctions in the modern era. We have 19 ecosystems on the brink of failure, and then we have the climate crisis...We need to act and we need to act now. In this context, continuing to log our beautiful native forests is simply madness; it's morally wrong." ~ Sophie Scamps Mackellar MP Sophie Scamps recently introduced the Native Forest Pledge to Parliament. Discussing her pledge with author, scientist and environmental activist Professor David Lindenmeyer.
Avalon Surf Life Saving Club
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The Good Farm Cookbook Launch

Saturday 31 August 2024
Come and enjoy a taste of the good life as we launch a beautiful new cookbook from Scott Gooding and Matilda Brown. A family friendly event for our community, offering a sample of the simple, nourishing and flavour-packed recipes featured in The Good Farm Cookbook.
Bookoccino
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The Forbidden Journal of Rufus Rumble

Thursday 4 July 2024
We are super excited to welcome Avalon local and debut author Nick Long for an afternoon of storytelling fun and waffles. The Forbidden Journal of Rufus Rumble is a funny space adventure for 7-11 year olds. Think Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Guardians of the Galaxy... Rufus Rumble has a ticket to SPACE. It's going to be the adventure of a lifetime! But Rufus is about to find out that: - the spaceship is held together by duct tape, - there's something SERIOUSLY WRONG with the all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, and - together the passengers make the Worst Space Crew EVER! There's no going back from here ... Strap yourself in for the funniest, most chaotic trip into space EVER in this first book of the Forbidden Journal of Rufus Rumble series.
Bookoccino
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Sarah Rose ABC Disability Book Launch

Sunday 30 June 2024
A huge welcome to Sarah Rose, launching her beautiful book with cupcakes, sparkling wine and fun for the kids from 3pm on Sunday 30th June. Come down, support his gorgeous woman and take home a signed copy!
Bookoccino
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Harrower and Hazzard: The Letters

Tuesday 4 June 2024
‘Vital, compelling, terrifying, revelatory — and a literary pleasure in its own right.’ — Anna Funder Join us to discuss 'Hazzard and Harrower: The Letters' - an extraordinary collection of writing from two of Australia's foremost women writers. Shirley Hazzard and Elizabeth Harrower met in person for the first time in London in 1972, six years after they began a correspondence that would span four decades and 3 continents. The two women wrote to each other of their daily lives, of impediments to writing, their reading, politics and world affairs, and in Hazzard’s case, her travels. And they wrote about Hazzard’s mother, for whose care Harrower took increasing — and increasingly reluctant — responsibility. Edited by Brigitta Olubas, Hazzard’s official biographer, and Susan Wyndham, who interviewed both Hazzard and Harrower, this is an extraordinary account of two literary luminaries, their complex relationship and their times.
Bookoccino
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Women's Lives - Two events for the price of one

Monday 3 June 2024
A twin ticket for two events. - Miranda Darling in conversation with Jo Yeldham on the 3rd of June for her wonderful novel THUNDERHEAD. - The following night (the 4th of June) to listen to Susan Wyndham and Brigitta Olubas discussing the lives of literary icons Shirley Hazzard and Elizabeth Harrower with Geraldine Doogue
Bookoccino
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[SOLD OUT] Thunderhead: Miranda Darling in conversation

Monday 3 June 2024
Miranda Darling joins us on Monday June 3rd to discuss her brilliant black comedy 'Thunderhead' with Bookoccino's Jo Yeldham. When Winona Dalloway begins her day — in the peaceful early hours before her children, that ‘tiny tornado of little hands and feet’, wake up — she doesn’t know that by the end of it, everything in her world will have changed. On the outside, Winona is a seemingly unremarkable young mother: unobtrusive, quietly going about her tasks. But within is a vivid, chaotic self, teeming with voices — a mind both wild and precise. And meanwhile, a storm is brewing …
Bookoccino
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Julian Borger - meet the author

Friday 24 May 2024
NEW BOOK: I Seek a Kind Person: My Father, Seven Children and the Adverts That Helped Them Escape the Holocaust Child of Holocaust survivors. Veteran war correspondent for The Guardian, covering wars in Balkans and Middle East. Winner of Pulitzer Prize as member of Guardian team that wrote about the Edward Snowden files. Book signing and author talk at Bookoccino on Fri 24 May * 5pm Book signing * 6pm Live music * 7pm Author talk * 7:30pm Live music Julian will be at the Sydney Writers' Festival at noon, 24 May, The War on Journalists.
Bookoccino
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Jennifer Croft - lunch with an author

Friday 24 May 2024
MEET JENNIFER CROFT SATURDAY 25 MAY Versatile author, critic, translator. Recipient of the Man Booker International Prize for her translation from Polish of Olga Tokarczuk novel Flights. Founder of The Buenos Aires Review. The Extinction of Irena Rey is her debut novel. Intimate Lunch for 20 people at Bar Elvina at 12:30pm. [Tickets + More info] BOOKOCCINO BOOK OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2024 – READ REVIEW at www.bookoccino.com.au Jennifer will be at Sydney Writers’ Festival, on 23 May on two panel events; “First Fictions” and “Found in Translation”
Bar Elvina
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[SOLD OUT] Việt Thanh Nguyễn - drinks reception

Tuesday 21 May 2024
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel The Sympathizer in 2016; elected to the Pulitzer board in 2020, the first Asian-American in its 103-year history. Hailed by the New Yorker as “the conscience of American Literature". Tickets: $35 inc a copy of his memoir, A Man of Two Faces. Space limited. First come first serve. NOTE - Viet will be at the Sydney Writers' Festival on 23 May
Bookoccino
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[SOLD OUT] The Art of Longevity with Rod Perez

Sunday 19 May 2024
Join us for an exclusive book signing with Rod Perez, author of The Art of Longevity and the founder of Holistic Pro Health. Rod is a Sports Scientist, CHEK Practitioner and all round legend. Come along, meet the author and sip on Ceremonial Cacao. Our evening will conclude with Rod guiding us through gentle breath work followed by a meditation session led by 2 x world surf champion Tom Carroll. Admission is $10 per person, with books available for purchase. Bring your own meditation cushion or blanket for added comfort.
Bookoccino
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Mother's Day Lunch with Annabelle Hickson

Sunday 12 May 2024
Join us for a gorgeous lunch party, celebrating Motherhood, creativity and our beautiful country with Galah magazine founder Annabelle Hickson. Meet her contributing cast of flower-growers, artists, photographers and farmers from regional Australia and enjoy with beautiful produce prepared by renowned whole foods chef Holly Davis. Galah Magazine was founded in 2020 by Annabelle, a natural born storyteller who was Inspired by the diversity and creativity of the folk she encountered upon moving to regional NSW. Now gathered in a beautiful hardcover book, the stories of amazing folk like painter Luke Sciberras, chef Annie Smithers, gardener Jill Wran and producer Sue Heward will inspire, uplift and possibly lead to your own tree-change.
Avalon Sailing Club
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[SOLD OUT] Modern Heritage

Wednesday 1 May 2024
Join us at the beautiful heritage home Hy Brasil for an afternoon discussion on interwar architecture and conservation. Our guest is Professor Cameron Bruhn, CEO of The Australian Institute of Architects, former Dean and Head of School at The University of Queensland's School of Architecture, Design and Planning and also former editorial director of Architecture Media. Cameron is a respected leader and communicator in Australia's architecture community and an advocate for the value of the built environment in shaping communities, cities and regions.  Joining him in conversation is Tim Ross, a confessed 'design nerd', comedian and presenter with an abiding passion for architecture and history. Tickets include drink on arrival and light afternoon tea. Date: Wednesday the 1st May Time: 3-5pm Tickets $55
Hy Brasil
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Melinda Ham on The Lucky Ones

Wednesday 10 April 2024
Award-winning journalist and former foreign correspondent Melinda Ham joins us to share her new book 'The Lucky Ones: Stories of Australian Refugee Journeys' When: April 10, from 6pm Where: Bookoccino Costs: Free
Bookoccino Bookstore
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Cherie Hausler joins us for afternoon tea

Monday 8 April 2024
'I'm thrilled by this beautiful book. Cherie's recipes are bursting with flavour and creativity. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.' Maggie Beer Enjoy an afternoon treat with Cherie Hausler, visiting from the Barossa Valley with one of her famous farmhouse cakes. Browse her stunning new book and meet foodie friends. Date: April 8 Time: from 3pm Cost: Free
Bookoccino
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If there is a Butterfly Poetry & Music with Natalie Napoleon

Friday 5 April 2024
On Friday May 5 we welcome a guest musician with a seriously literary flavour. Natalie D - Napoleon is a writer, songwriter and educator from Walyalup/Fremantle. Her poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in Meanjin, Cordite, The Found Poetry Review, Westerly and Australian Poetry Journal and has been widely anthologised. She helped run the Voicebox poetry reading series and has won the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize (2018), the KSP Poetry Prize (2019) and been shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize (2023). As a musician she has toured Australia, The US and Europe. Natalie is now on tour to support the release of her second poetry collection, If There Is a Butterfly That Drinks Tears, which is out now via Gazebo Books. This tour is gratefully supported by funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, WA
Bookoccino
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Julie Janson on her new novel Compassion

Wednesday 27 March 2024
Compassion is an emotional and intense literary exploration of the complex lives of Aboriginal women during the 1800s. Julie will be joined in conversation by Walkley award-winning journalist Paul Daley. We are welcomed with didgeridoo by Billy McPherson.
Bookoccino
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Peinao guest ticket

Sunday 17 March 2024
Special guest
Bar Elvina
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Peinao - A Greek Feast for All

Sunday 17 March 2024
Bookoccino and Bar Elvina would love you to join them for a spectacular Greek feast to celebrate the launch of Vikki and Helena Moursellas' new cook book, Peinao. (Meaning "I'm hungry", so come prepared!) We are excited to host an afternoon of Q&A with Vikki and Helena in the newly-renovated Bar Elvina, whilst enjoying a three course banquet meal with fun and modern recipes inspired by the Greek classics. For chance to meet these talented chefs in person and to grab your signed copy of the book, come along for a wonderful Greek-inspired afternoon of good chats, good food and good fun and perhaps a glass of wine (or two) Tickets available to purchase with or without the book included. Authors will sign purchased books after lunch.
Bar Elvina
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The Other Side of Daylight: An evening with David Brooks

Tuesday 12 March 2024
Join us for an evening of poetry and conversation with renowned Australian poet David Brooks. David is the author of five collections of poetry and several novels and works of short fiction. Until 2013 he taught Australian Literature at The University of Sydney. In recent years he has devoted his writing increasingly to animal advocacy. He lives with rescued sheep in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. In 2014 he was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship for services to Australian and international literature. He will be joined in conversation by poet and philosopher Luke Fischer. A d
Bookoccino
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[SOLD OUT] The Revenge Club with Kathy Lette

Tuesday 5 March 2024
For more Kathy Lette books go to www.bookoccino.com.au
Avalon Sailing Club
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The Whistleblowers – Panel Discussion

Sunday 3 March 2024
What are the consequences of blowing the whistle on unethical and illegal conduct? When he was an Army lawyer, David McBride, author of The Nature of Honour provided documents to the ABC regarding war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. For that, McBride has been convicted, and in two weeks will be sentenced. He will be joined on a panel by Jeff Morris, whose anonymous revelations about fraud and cover-up at CBA led to the Royal Commission on Banking. He has been heralded as a pied piper of whistle blowers. Dr Sophie Scamps, Independent MP from Mackllar will discuss what Canberra needs to do. The moderator will be Adele Ferguson, one of Australia's most respected investigative journalists, author of Banking Bad, and more recently producer of a six-part ABC series The Whistle Blower   Sun 3-March Drinks from 4.30pm and main event 5-7pm Mona Vale Performance Space Tickets $45 ticket + a signed copy of The Nature of Honour  = $ 73
Mona Vale Performance Space
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The Active Workday Advantage

Tuesday 13 February 2024
Join us to celebrate the launch of Lizzie Williamson's new book, a fun and creative strategy for incorporating more movement into the work day.
Bookoccino
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[SOLD OUT] Poetry, Music and Magic

Saturday 10 February 2024
Join us for an inspiring evening of poetry and musical performances by distinguished artists, and a conversation about the magical power of these art forms to transform our states of mind. Poets: Judith Beveridge, Stephen Edgar, Jakob Ziguras and Luke Fischer (moderator).
Bookoccino
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[SOLD OUT] China Night 2024 - Panel Event

Sunday 7 January 2024
China is Australia’s biggest trade partner AND biggest security anxiety. Albanese’s visit to China was the first by an Australian PM in 7 years. President Biden and Xi Jinping met in San Francisco in an attempt to improve relations, and reduce the risk of war. What does it all mean? What is the risk of war? Will AUKUS submarines ever arrive? Listen to a vibrant discussion at Bookoccino’s fourth ‘China Night,’ moderated by Jane Perlez, Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times correspondent and Beijing Bureau Chief from 2012-2019. The panelists are: - Wanning Sun, author, Love Troubles: Inequality in China and Its Intimate Consequences. Deputy Director, Australia-China Relations Institute, UTS - Linda Jaivin, author, The Shortest History of China - James Curran, author, Australia’s China Odyssey: From Euphoria to Fear. International Affairs Editor, AFR - Sam Roggeveen, author, The Echidna Strategy: Australia's Search for Power and Peace. Director, Lowy
Avalon Surf Life Saving Club
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[SOLD OUT] Danielle Alvarez Sunday Lunch

Sunday 26 November 2023
Join us for a long, lazy lunch with one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, Danielle Alvarez. Danielle has a rich culinary background, having worked at iconic Californian establishments The French Laundry and Chez Panisse. The highly sought chef arrived in Sydney in 2014 to head up Fred’s in Paddington, which quickly became a Sydney institution. We welcome her to Bar Elvina in Avalon Beach on Sunday 26th November for a three course lunch party in celebration of her new book Recipes for a Lifetime of Beautiful Cooking. $100 - luncheon per person $140 - luncheon with a signed copy of Recipes for a Lifetime of Beautiful Cooking Includes aperitif on arrival and 3 course lunch. Please make contact with any dietary restrictions
Bar Elvina
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[SOLD OUT] Richard Glover and Wendy Harmer

Saturday 25 November 2023
Two of Australia's finest comedians, Richard Glover and Wendy Harmer will cover everything from noisy restaurants, pre-ripped jeans and pedestrians who walk five abreast, to being the "funny looking kid" who grew into a frank and fearless national treasure.  Join us for an uproariously funny evening with the authors of Best Wishes, and Lies My Mirror Told Me Saturday 25th November Drinks at Bookoccino from 6pm, then Avalon Cinema from 7 - 9pm ticket $38 ticket + one personally signed book $65 ticket + two personally signed books $90
Avalon Cinema
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[SOLD OUT] Dinner with Paul Bangay

Wednesday 8 November 2023
Join us for special dinner with pre-eminent garden designer Paul Bangay. Paul’s new book A Life in Garden Design is his most personal yet, celebrating his lifelong love of nature, beauty and creativity. Enjoy dinner, free flowing wines and an intimate conversation in the beautifully befitting grounds of The Palms Eatery and Nursery. Dinner and Drinks $130 Dinner, Drinks and Signed book $200
The Palms
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Richard Flanagan in conversation with Richard Fidler

Monday 6 November 2023
Our dear friend Richard Flanagan returns to Bookoccino for Question 7, a poignant and searching love story - part memoir, part history, all heart. Infused with the memories and remnant's of the author's life - his clannish childhood, reflections on his father's time as a POW; HG Wells, Chekhov and the Atomic Bomb, an adventurous and funny mother and a premature brush with death. A moving, searing work and a gift to Australian literature. This is an event you won't want to miss: one of Australia's most acclaimed authors, in conversation with Richard Fidler, one of the country's most popular radio hosts. Drinks from 5.30pm, main event from 6.00pm
Mona Vale Performance Space, Mona Vale Public School
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Lola in the Mirror - Trent Dalton in conversation

Tuesday 31 October 2023
Lola in the Mirror is Trent Dalton’s new novel. A powerful portrait of a young woman deciding between flight or fight, it is "is big, fast moving, blackly funny, violent, heartbreaking and ultimately beautiful". The author of the international best-selling Boy Swallows Universe joins us, in conversation with Malcolm Knox, author of Bluebird and The Wonder Lover. Join us for drinks and live music at Bookoccino from 5pm, before moving across to the Avalon Cinema at 6pm.  Tickets: $44 Ticket + book: $65 MINI BOOK REVIEW: Lola in the Mirror is one of those books that once you open it, you don't want to put it down until you have devoured every single word. Dalton's Brisbane is note perfect. He puts you right there on the river, across the bridges and into the city. His "houseless" characters leap off the page to both break your heart and give you hope, over and over again. Lola in the Mirror was definitely one of my favourite books of 2023. - By Virginia Castellan
Avalon Cinema
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[SOLD OUT] Killing For Country - David Marr in conversation

Tuesday 17 October 2023
One of the country's most respected investigative reporters, David Marr discovers that his forebears were members of the Native Police and involved in atrocities during Australia's Frontier War. Killing for Country: A Family Story is "a soul-searching . . .  gripping family saga of fortunes made and lost, of politics and power in the colonial world, and the violence let loose by squatters." David will be in conversation with author and journalist Marian Wilkinson, one of Bookoccino's favourite interviewers.                  Tuesday October 17. Avalon Sailing Club Bar opens at 5.30pm for 6pm start Ticket: $44 Ticket + book: $69
Avalon Sailing Club
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Lunch with Belinda Jeffery

Thursday 12 October 2023
Belinda Jeffery is one of Australia's best loved cookery writers and teachers. It is our great pleasure to welcome her, and you, to Bookoccino for a special in-store lunch party. We will be serving favourite Belinda dishes including zucchini, feta and dill pie, caramelised fennel, fab chicken mayo sandwiches and lovely lemon shortbread.  Enjoy the wonderful company of this true icon in Australian food. Space is very limited. Tickets $55, includes lunch and a drink on arrival.
Bar Elvina
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[SOLD OUT] Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life

Wednesday 20 September 2023
Anna Funder, author of the book everyone is reading and talking about joins us to discuss Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life       -- 'A masterpiece. . .a narrative that grips the reader,' -- Geraldine Brooks.        --'Composed in elegant, mournful prose . . . a spelling achievement" -- The Financial Times.       -- 'A brilliant, creative hybrid of life writing, feminist polemic and literary criticism' -- Susan Wyndham, The Guardian (Australia)       -- 'A marvelous book .. .I just loved it all, and have permanently marked-up, dog-eared copy of my shelf for the next generation.' -- Tom Hanks Anna, author of the critically acclaimed Stasiland: Stories From Behind the Berlin Wall, will be in conversation with pre-eminent journalist and author Julia Baird, who will return to Bookoccino for her own new book in the New Year.     Wednesday 20th of September, from 5.30pm Avalon Surf Club $55 Ticket + book: $79
Avalon Surf Life Saving Club
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[SOLD OUT] Flawed Hero with Chris Masters

Tuesday 5 September 2023
[SOLD OUT] Flawed Hero: Truth, Lies and War Crimes, is the fall-from-grace story of Australia's most decorated soldier, Ben Roberts Smith. The author, Chris Masters, a veteran journalist whose reporting for the Sydney Morning Herald led to the defamation trial of the Century, will be joined by Richard Walsh, the book's editor, a lawyer and a leading public intellectual. Bookoccino's Raymond Bonner, himself a lawyer and former investigative journalist, will lead a discussion ranging from the difficulties and challenges of reporting a story like this, to the obstacles posed by Australia's defamation law.  Tuesday 5th September, from 6pm Avalon Surf Club Tickets: $45 Ticket + book $73
Avalon Surf Life Saving Club
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Against the Water

Friday 4 August 2023
Two champion surfers come together for an inspirational and intimate evening. World Champion and Olympic surfer Owen Wright will be In conversation with 2 time World ChampTom Carroll. They discuss Owen's incredible recovery from a traumatic brain injury, received surfing Pipeline in 2015, his relationship with his father, whose military-style surf bootcamp yielded 3 champion surfers, and his devoted love for partner Kita Alexander and 2 children. Don't miss out
Barrenjoey High Performance Space
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[SOLD OUT] Your Name is Not Anxious

Wednesday 26 July 2023
Our world is riddled with anxiety, but need not be. In Your Name is Not Anxious, Dr Stephanie Dowrick, shares a whole body, whole-self approach to radically reduce stress and quieten anxiety. Sharing her own familial experience with anxiety, matched with trademark insight and compassion, Stephanie brings a fresh approach to anxiety (and yourself) that is accessible, supportive and immediately effective. Wednesday 26 July 2023 Bookoccino 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Ticket + Book: $40 Ticket only $10 This event is suitable for teens.
Avalon Rec centre
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Sunset in Spain

Wednesday 19 July 2023
When former Avalon resident Erna Walraven bid us adios some 5 years ago, relocating to a tiny Castilian village in the north of Spain, we didn't expect to hear from her again. Some years later this beautiful escapist memoir arrived, and it became a Bookoccino best-seller. It is our pleasure to have Erna back in Avalon to celebrate Sunset in Spain, a warm, funny and poignant story about a couple’s search for new challenges, and the joys to be had in ramping things up when most of us would be happy to start winding down.  Wednesday 19th July 2023 Bookoccino 6.00 PM - 7.30 PM Ticket $8
Bookoccino
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Man-Made

Thursday 15 June 2023
Veteran journalist Tracey Spicer explores how the bias of the past is being built into the future in this fascinating conversation with Juanita Phillips. It is the next frontier for feminism.... AI and Big Tech has revived the historically male desire to subjugate and control, with inequality is on the rise and bigotry alive and well. Man-Made documents Spicer's quest to uncover who is responsible and hold them to account. Who is the ultimate villain? Big Tech, whose titans refuse to spend money to fix the problem? The world’s politicians, who lack the will to legislate? Or should we all be walking into a hall of mirrors and taking a good, hard look at ourselves…? This is a deeply researched, illuminating and gripping ride into an uncertain future, culminating in a resounding call to action that will shake the tech sector to its foundations.
Avalon Surf Club
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[SOLD OUT]An Introduction to Breath with Dr Rosalba Courtney

Sunday 21 May 2023
People are starting to take more notice of breathing. The popular book Breath by James Nestor has made a lot of people aware of the problems created by poor breathing and has boosted understanding of the role that conscious breath control plays in many domains of health. Bookoccino is hosting Dr. Rosalba Courtney, local and international breath expert, on May 21 at 6pm, for an introduction to the ins and outs of breath, its meaning, beauty and importance in our lives.  In this 2 hour session she will share fascinating insights into the relationship of breathing to mental and physical health as well as some guided breathing based practices that anyone can use to breathe, perform and feel better. For those wishing to go deeper, Rosalba will be leading a 6 week course meeting Sunday evenings at Bookoccino, beginning June 4.  You can sign up for the six week course after attending the introductory talk.
Bookoccino
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[SOLD OUT] Voices of Living Democracy

Sunday 30 April 2023
One of the most impressive speakers we've heard in recent years is Tim Hollo. The author of Living Democracy is articulate, energetic and practical, and had the crowd captivated at Byron Writer's festival with his hope and vision for a greener society. For an inspirational gaze into the future he will be joined by Tim Dunlop, author of Voices of Us. Once a local lad, Tim is a renowned chronicler and scholar of Australian political history, a considered critic of the media and a passionate advocate for grassroots democracy. Rounding out a powerful panel of political players will be Dr Sophie Scamps, our Federal MP. They come together to envision a future Australia and discuss how we can get there. All positions are welcome - after all, that's what participatory democracy is. Sunday 30/4/23 from 4-6pm Avalon Recreation Centre. Tickets $20/$10 for students.
Avalon Recreation Centre
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Australian Abstract

Thursday 6 April 2023
Join us at Michael Reid's Newport gallery on April 6 to celebrate Australian Abstract, a vivid survey of over forty contemporary Australian abstract painters by gallery curator and bestselling author Amber Creswell Bell. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and a wander through the gallery followed by an in-conversation with Amber and ARTWank podcast host Julie Nicholson.  Thursday 6th April, from 6pm Tickets $25, or $80 including a copy of Australian Abstract
Michael Reid Gallery
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Good Mourning

Tuesday 28 March 2023
An in-conversation event with Sally Douglas and Imogen Carn, co-hosts of the popular grief podcast, Good Mourning. Sal and Im met after the sudden deaths of their mothers only months apart, and their no-holds-barred, relatable approach to talking about grief sparked a growing following of people eager to have honest conversations about what it really feels like to deal with loss. Join them for an intimate evening of heartfelt discussion as they deep dive into their experiences and insights on how to cope when someone you love dies. Come and learn about the many myths and misconceptions about grief with honesty and humour, and take away some tools on how to be a better support person for someone in your life who may be struggling to come to terms with their loss. Expect tears, laughter and a space to connect.
Bookoccino
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Ben Macintyre

Tuesday 7 March 2023
MEET THE AUTHOR: Ben Macintyre The master of suspenseful spy stories joins us for a book signing instore! Tuesday 7 March, from 3pm Bar open for drinks till 6pm FREE Event Ben Macintyre is the bestselling author of acclaimed spy histories Agent Sonya, SAS: Rogue Heroes, The Spy and the Traitor, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends.
Bookoccino
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Infidelity and other affairs

Wednesday 1 March 2023
Award-winning journalist and author Kate Legge turns her prodigious writing talent to an examination of four generations of her and her ex-husband's families in 'Infidelity and Other Affairs' In conversation with Geraldine Doogue Trent Dalton: “Utterly compelling, deeply complex, achingly beautiful, heartbreakingly clear-headed, frequently saddening but more frequently wondrous, and always honest as f—k. . . . One of Australia’s finest writers unflinchingly investigating and illuminating the value of monogamy and the true cost of betrayal." Annabel Crabb: ". . .  truly extraordinary; a pellucid study that is at once shocking and generous. It's so gripping that I crashed into a bin while reading it as I walked home from the train."
Moby Dicks Whale Beach
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Paddy Manning: The Successor

Tuesday 21 February 2023
Please note: Doors open for pre-event drinks at 5:30 and event starts at 6pm. The first major biography of Lachlan Murdoch, one of the world’s most powerful and enigmatic people - an epic saga of ruthless power plays and family battles. As heir apparent to his father’s global media empire, Lachlan Murdoch is one of the world’s most powerful people. Yet despite a life in the spotlight, Lachlan’s personality, politics and business acumen remain enigmatic. Is he a risk-loving adventurer or dutiful son? Ultra-conservative ideologue or thoughtful libertarian? Scarred by a series of spectacular business failures, or an underrated leader who has shrewdly repositioned his family’s assets? And will the third generation of Murdoch moguls prove the last? In this riveting biography, acclaimed journalist Paddy Manning explores Lachlan Murdoch’s upbringing, political beliefs and role as head of Fox Corporation - the man ultimately responsible for Fox News.
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[SOLD OUT] Julie Janson - Madukka: The River Serpent

Thursday 16 February 2023
Join us February 16th, from 6pm for an intimate celebration of Dharug author Julie Janson's new novel Madukka: The River Serpent. Instore at Bookoccino.
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[SOLD OUT] Rise of the Independents

Tuesday 7 February 2023
SOLD OUT Please note: Doors open for pre-event drinks at 5:30 and event starts at 6pm. Rise of the Independents Marian Wilkinson leads a discussion with acclaimed authors, Simon Holmes a Court, "The Big Teal", Margot Saville, "The Teal Revolution" and Brook Turner, author of "Independents Day". With the state election around the corner, can the Independents upend the chances of the major parties in NSW winning victory outright? What are their chances? We'll also look back to the federal election of 2022 and dissect what the federal Teals have done since taking power.
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Paul Memmott and Peter Stutchbury

Tuesday 24 January 2023
Please note: Doors open for pre-event drinks at 5:30 and event starts at 6pm. Paul Memmott and Peter Stutchbury Professor Paul Memmott is an anthropologist and architect and for some decades has been the Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) at the University of Queensland (School of Architecture and Institute for Social Science Research). Paul was the first full-time architectural-anthropological consultant in Australia, being principal of a research consultancy practice in Aboriginal projects during 1980 to 2008. His research interests encompass Aboriginal sustainable housing and settlement design, Aboriginal access to institutional architecture, Indigenous constructs of place and cultural heritage, vernacular architecture, social planning in Indigenous communities, cultural change and architectural anthropology.
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Change in the Pacific - China, Australia, the USA

Monday 9 January 2023
Please note: Doors open for pre-event drinks at 5:30 and event starts at 6pm. AUSTRALIA AND CHINA: The Future Now Xi Jinping has declared himself president for life. Prime Minister Albanese met with him in Bali. President Biden met with him in Bali. What does it all mean? For climate change? For the war in Ukraine? For Australia’s exports to China? For war in Taiwan? In Bookoccino’s fourth China Night, hear from the experts: Richard McGregor, senior fellow at Lowy Institute and author of Xi Jinping: The Backlash; Linda Jaivin, author of The Shortest History of China; and Michael Green, executive director of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and author of By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783. Moderated by Jane Perlez, former New York Times bureau chief in Beijing, recently reporting from Taiwan.
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Grajagan: Surfing in the Tiger's Lair, G-Land 1972-84

Thursday 8 December 2022
Join John Ogden and Jack McCoy as they discuss 'Grajagan: Surfing in the Tiger's Lair' which Luke Kennedy of Tracks magazine calls 'the most anticipated book release in surfing for some time'.
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[SOLD OUT] Arent&Pyke - Interiors Beyond the Primary Palette

Wednesday 23 November 2022
Arent&Pyke is a Sydney-based design practice, formed by Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke, encompassing interior architecture and design with a unique focus on the decorative arts. While they have created a multi-award winning practice and earnt the respect of their industry peers, the value they bring remains in the emotional connections they create and how those, in turn, drive aesthetic and practical decisions. It is our pleasure to welcome Juliette and Sarah-Jane to Bookoccino to celebrate the publication of their first book ' Arent&Pyke - Interiors Beyond the Primary Palette'
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Silvia Colloca's Family Feast

Friday 4 November 2022
Join us for a family friendly Friday feast on November 4 to celebrate Silvia's new book 'The Italian Home Cook'. Enjoy Pasta alla norma, or Orecchiette con cime di rapa made with love by our friends at Spaghetti 75. Wash it down with a glass of red and a scoop of gelato. Live music from 6pm and books available for signing and purchase :)
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An evening with Richard Fidler

Monday 31 October 2022
A lost imperial city, full of wonder and marvels. An empire that was the largest the world had ever seen, established with astonishing speed. A people obsessed with travel, knowledge and adventure. Join us for a marvellous evening with our friend, Richard Fidler to discuss his new book: The Book of Roads and Kingdoms on the wonders of imperial Baghdad to the parklands at the ends of the earth. Monday Oct 31st 6-8pm Moby Dicks Whale Beach *$65/ticket or $95 for ticket + book All tickets include a welcome drink and canapés. *As we expect the demand to be high, and seating is limited, priority will be given to individuals who buy a ticket and a book combination.
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In Search of Perfumes

Friday 28 October 2022
Dominique Roques is a internationally renowned perfume hunter. He has travelled the work for three decades, sourcing labdunum cistis, sandalwood, and damask rose, among others, for the great perfume houses of the world.
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Bring the Kids down for Matt Stanton fun

Saturday 8 October 2022
Bring the kids for a fun, interactive session with bestselling kids author Matt Stanton
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Steve Toltz on writing comedy

Saturday 8 October 2022
Join us for Love Your Bookshop Day with Steve Toltz. Spaces are limited.
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Ceridwen Dovey & Eliza Bell with Helen Sullivan

Saturday 8 October 2022
Join us for a mini event in-store this Saturday, from 11.30am
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Holly Ringland in conversation with Lucy Pearson

Friday 7 October 2022
Join us for a literary lunch with our friends at Bar Elvina on Friday 7th October, from 12pm to celebrate Holly's stunning new novel The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding. Holly will be in conversation with bibliotherapist and founder of the Literary Edit, Lucy Pearson. Tickets are $65 and include a two course lunch of Hiramasa Kingfish with Spring Salad, followed by Tiramisu. Drinks will be available to purchase.
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[SOLD OUT] Ellidy Pullin in conversation with Alley Pascoe

Thursday 6 October 2022
Ellidy Pullin, in conversation with Alley Pascoe It was a perfect Wednesday morning when Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin kissed his partner, Ellidy, goodbye to go spearfishing. Chumpy never came home. His memory lives on in his daughter Minnie, conceived by Ellidy after his passing.  Heartstrong is a moving memoir on love, loss and the preciousness of life from Northern Beaches girl Ellidy Pullin.  Free, please register below
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Photojournalist Andrew Quilty on his decade in Afghanistan

Thursday 29 September 2022
Told through the eyes of witnesses to the fall of Kabul, Walkley award-winning journalist Andrew Quilty's debut publication offers a remarkable record of this historic moment. As cities and towns fell to the Taliban in rapid succession, Western troops and embassy staff scrambled to flee a country whose government had lost control. To the world, Kabul in August looked like Saigon in 1975. August in Kabul is the story of how America's longest mission came to an abrupt and humiliating end, told through the eyes of Afghans whose lives have been turned upside down. Andrew Quilty is the recipient of nine Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley, for his work in Afghanistan, where he has been based since 2013. He has also received the George Polk Award, the World Press Photo Award and the Overseas Press Club of America award for his investigation into massacres committed by a CIA-backed Afghan militia. August in Kabul is his first book.
Avalon Surf Life Saving Club
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Dr Norman Swan: Living a younger, longer life

Wednesday 14 September 2022
Join us for an exciting evening with Dr Norman Swan, often referred to as 'Australia's Doctor,' as he shares his fascinating research on ageing well in his new book, 'So You Want to Live Younger Longer?' Find out the key factors within our control to help us age into our 90s and beyond with a brain and body of someone much younger. 'There are many shiny things out there promising perpetual energy, thinness, high-definition muscles, a life without wrinkles and high-octane brain function. This book aims to sift the rubbish from the gold and help people make more informed decisions about their health and ultimately, their longevity.' - Dr Norman Swan
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Nicholas Whitlam take us on a jaunt through 1920's Paris

Friday 9 September 2022
Join us on Friday the 9th of September from 6pm for a spring soirée with former Whale Beach resident and Francophile Nicholas Whitlam. Nicholas is a company director, a former banker and a Harvard history graduate. Paris 1924 explores Paris a century ago, in 1924, when it was the most exciting city in the world. Americans flocked to a city where there was no Prohibition and little inhibition. The arts flourished. Convention was challenged, the new celebrated and non-conformity accepted. Where were the best places to eat? Where was the nightlife? Who might you expect to meet? And what were the fabled 'Chariots of Fire' Olympics really like? What has changed ... and indeed, what is still there?   All of this and more is swept up and revealed in Paris 1924, an amusing, insightful and sometimes salacious guide to one of the world's greatest — and most beloved — cities.
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Embrace Kids - Taryn Brumfitt

Saturday 3 September 2022
Body image advocate, author and filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt will join us to screen her new film 'Embrace Kids' and discuss her new book examining the impact that body image has on kids. The film targets 8-12 year olds but is relevant to kids of all ages, including teenagers. Recent studies suggest that body image is the no.1 issue effecting our children. 'Embrace Kids' explores the relationship children have with their bodies, why so many boys and girls hate their bodies and what we can do about it. The film covers topics including social media, photoshopping, ‘fitspiration’, the influence of media and advertising on body image and role models. Bring your kids, bring their friends, and come watch a meaningful film about how to love our bodies and meet filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt! Adult tickets: $30 Kids tickets: $15 Adult ticket + book: $50 Kids ticket + book: $45
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[SOLD OUT] Geraldine Brooks in conversation

Tuesday 19 July 2022
It is our great pleasure to welcome Geraldine Brooks back to Bookoccino for her very first Australian event in celebration her magnificent new novel, Horse. In conversation with her dear friend, film director Graham Thorburn, Brooks talks about Horse on July 19, from 6pm at Moby Dicks, Whale Beach.
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A creative winter Feast with Sophie Hansen and Anne Herron

Tuesday 12 July 2022
Together with our friends at Bar Elvina we welcome the wholesome deliciousness and creative brilliance of mother daughter team Sophie Hansen and Annie Herron. Enjoy a delicious lunch and a guided art activity, with welcome drink on arrival.
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Rendezvous en Francais a Bookoccino!

Tuesday 5 July 2022
Join us for an immersive journey through French language, food and culture with Sandrine Iratchet-Bonython. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced speaker, preparing for your next sojourn or just wanting to learn a new skill, you’ll love our four week immersion into French language and culture.  Every Tuesday we meet to talk, listen and eat, in French!  Enjoy an hour of language and culture tuition then an intermission with amuse bouche, featuring regional produce and wine. We end with gr
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Betrayed....at Avalon Bowlo

Thursday 30 June 2022
Join us for an entertaining and unbelievable story....Two women with a secret love are presented with the opportunity of a lifetime: an all expenses paid trip around the World. The Catch? They are unknowingly carrying two tonnes of hash. Author Sandi Logan and film producer Bill Leimbach discuss the story, the backstory and the forthcoming film.
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Exploring Kimberley Rock Art

Thursday 23 June 2022
The Kimberley is one of the world's most spectacular ancient art sites. Home of the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbul people, it is only here that the powerful Wandjina, a sacred spiritual force and the creator of the land, and Gwion Gwion figures are found. Author, photographer and publisher Mike Donaldson is a geologist and bushwalker who has been documenting rock art sites across Australian for over 30 years. With the permission of the traditional owners he has produced 3 lavish publications
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An outsider's view of Australian culture and politics

Wednesday 15 June 2022
Bookoccino is pleased to host two award-winning foreign correspondents, Damien Cave, Bureau Chief of the New York Times and Nick Bryant, writer, broadcaster and self-proclaimed ‘lapsed foreign correspondent’ (with over two decades with the BBC), for an outsiders view of Australian culture and politics.
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Australia from Afar

Friday 3 June 2022
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Ukraine and Russia - The Who, What, Where, Why

Friday 3 June 2022
Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine has turned global politics upside down. The US and Europe have co-operated more closely than they have for decades, along with allies like Australia, reinvigorating the West. On the other side, China has strongly backed Russia, perhaps with an eye to future conflicts in the Pacific. Bookoccino hosts a special panel to discuss, hosted by Lowy Fellow Richard McGregor
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Mackellar Candidates Debate

Monday 9 May 2022
Bookoccino is pleased to welcome the leading candidates for the Mackellar seat in the 2022 Federal Election. Join us at Avalon Cinema on May 9th, from 7-9pm for your chance to hear the candidates live and unfiltered. Due to the high demand for this event we are taking single seat reservations only. Please book only for yourself.
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Around the Kitchen Table - A creative feast

Wednesday 4 May 2022
It is our pleasure to welcome Sophie Hansen and Annie Herron to Avalon for a celebration of creativity in the kitchen and the studio. In partnership with our friends at Bar Elvina, we invite you to join us for a delicious autumn feast and guided art class on May 4th. A lovely gift for Mum, a day out with the girls or a deeply satisfying solo sojourn. This event will be photographed.
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My #MeToo

Thursday 31 March 2022
From the High Court to Parliament House, from private schools to mining camps, the #MeToo movement is rocking cabinet rooms, board rooms and classrooms. Women are demanding action, not apologies. And they’ll be a loud voice in the 2022 election. It would be hard to find a more stellar panel to discuss what needs to be done: Julia Baird, Julia Banks and Jess Hill will be joined in conversation by Marian Wilkinson.
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Laughter and Lunch with Lette

Tuesday 29 March 2022
We guarantee you'll laugh all through our long lunch with the lovingly irreverent Kathy Lette.  Our wonderful friends at Bar Elvina have prepared a two course menu with wine, to be enjoyed with a guilty chuckle. Kathy's latest revenge caper is Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part. Join us from 12.30pm for an uplifting afternoon with an Australian sweetheart.
Bar Elvina
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Ben Quilty on FreeFall

Thursday 24 February 2022
One of our greatest  artists, Ben Quilty, joins us on February the 24th to celebrate the publication of his new book Free Fall.  Always a dynamic painter of the human form, Quilty applies paint to a canvas like flesh to the bone. The paintings collected in Free Fall build on this physicality by drawing inspiration from the past and present of professional fighting as well as the Cronulla riots. Please join us for what's sure to be a fascinating evening.
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The Shortest History of Democracy with John Keane

Thursday 10 February 2022
In a time of grave uncertainty about the future of our planet, the radical potential of democracy is more important than ever. Join us on Feb 10th for a lively and important discussion on the origins, importance and imperilled position of democracy. John Keane is a political philosopher who divides his time between Sydney and Berlin. He is founder of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and the Sydney Democracy Network. In conversation with Geraldine Doogue at Moby Dicks
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The Great Debate

Tuesday 11 January 2022
Will there be war? Is Australia's policy on China too hard, or too soft? For a discussion of these pressing questions, we are pleased to welcome three internationally renowned authorities to Bookoccino. Hugh White, Australia's premier defense strategist, author of 'How to Defend Australia'. Richard McGregor, former FT Bureau Chief in Washington and Beijing, now a senior fellow at Lowy. Author of 'The Party'. Jane Perlez, veteran NYT foreign correspondent and Beijing bureau chief.
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Rendez-vous en Français à Bookoccino

Tuesday 18 May 2021
Whether you’re curious, an experience French speaker or just longing to journey beyond Australian confines you’ll laugh and learn with our four week immersion into French language and culture. Every Tuesday for four weeks we meet to talk, listen and eat, in French! We begin with a session of language and culture tuition, followed by a regional feast and an hour of French conversation. Covering the Pays Basque, Bretagne, Bordeaux and Paris, you'll be well prepared for your next trip!
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Concierge Shopping at Bookoccino

Between Thursday 12 November 2020 and Sunday 29 November 2020
This year, more than any other, last minute Christmas shopping will be a nightmare!. With social distancing still in force we can only welcome 35 of you at any one time. Which means that Christmas eve = queues. Our solution?. Make a booking!. Join us after-hours for one-on-one assistance with your Christmas gifts, a glass of wine and free gift wrapping! Let's farewell this turbulent year on a high.
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Enjoy a cracking yarn, live music and a glass of wine

Friday 9 October 2020
Join us on Friday the 9th of October, when former wine merchant, rock 'n' roll promoter and serial adventurer John Baker takes us on a wild ride to uncover the cellar of the Tsars. For lovers of wine, music and story, this intimate evening includes live music by Rick Mellick, a virtuso keyboardist whose band mates have included Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wright and BB King, as well as a glass of excellent wine (not the 1847 Chateau d’Yquem though, sorry)
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